Thursday, 7 February 2013


Love them or hate them, eBooks are here to stay.  Although I prefer print I found a place in my reading life for an eReader.  My mantra - 'Why can't I have both?'


  1. Jaywalker has provided some valuable links and I'll repost them here. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on eReading, eBooks and eReaders? In a way, I think we sacrifice quality for quantity, however the availability of out-of-print 'classics' is a boon.

  2. I love both my books and my e-reader. For everyday reading books win hands down in terms of hand-feel and visual pleasure, but for travel, the e-reader is a great boon, allowing me to take many books with me without the previous luggage weight increase.

    1. Hello Nanette, I completely agree. I don't travel much but an eReader makes commuting easier. I can tote a much smaller handbag! I do find that when browsing ebook sites, I skip over some books that I really want to read, preferring to buy them in print.

  3. This is a reposting of Jaywalker's recommendations.

    This is a brilliant site with practically everything you want to know about e-readers.

    And here is one to convert files and remove any blocking on files. It's not illegal but up to you whether you want to do it.

    And here is Calibre:

    I find calibre especially great for organising my ebooks and converting, from pdf for example. It is easy to use and works well with my Sony

  4. 'The Australian' newspaper has another eBook give-away all this week. This time it's nonfiction. I took advantage of the last one, which was fiction. You need the code which is in each day's paper. Here are the titles:

    Today & Sunday - Black Caviar by Gerard Whateley
    Monday - Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar (author of A Beautiful Mind)
    Tuesday - What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis
    Wednesday - The Code Book by Simon Singh
    Thursday - The Struggle for Freedom by Aung San Suu Kyi
    Friday - Air Force by Ian McPhedran
    Saturday/Sunday - A Lasting Record by Stephen Downes

    Note: You must claim the book on the day, before the code expires.

  5. I found this site - A Blind Date with an Ebook!!

    There are 5 short descriptions from which to choose and the title is not revealed until it is downloaded. My selection was Kate Chopin - The Awakening. I loved this book; I have it in print but this edition includes some of her short stories which are new to me.

    Wondering what to read next? Give it a try.

  6. One feature of e-readers that I find really handy is the dictionary function. Finger-press any word and, magically, the definition, pronunciation etc appears on screen. My next task is to download more dictionaries so I can do the same for foreign words. No more lists to look up later, when 'later' rarely comes.

  7. NSW Government to replace public school library system, introduce state-wide ebook collection

    Thursday, 4 April 2013 (Bookseller & Publisher)

    The New South Wales Department of Education and Training has called for tenders for a new public schools library management system, which will include state-wide access to ebooks. The department said that it is seeking to replace the existing ‘outdated and unsustainable DOS-based OASIS Schools Library System’ that is currently used.

    For readers of the future, I hope that it is seen as 'cool' to read...eBooks

  8. Monday, 22 April 2013 (Bookseller & Publisher)

    JB HiFi launches ebookstore

    Australian retailer JB HiFi has launched an ebookstore.

    The store, which went live on 22 April, is part of the retailer’s NOW platform which also sells digital music. Among the local publishers with titles in the ebookstore are HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, Allen & Unwin, Hachette, Lonely Planet, Pan Macmillan and Text Publishing.

    A spokesperson for JB HiFi told Books+Publishing that the retailer has ‘developed [its] own delivery platform and apps’ using Adobe digital rights management (DRM). According to the JB HiFi NOW Books website, ebooks purchased through the store are available in PDF and EPUB formats and can be read on all devices that support Adobe DRM. The ebookstore also has dedicated ereading apps available for Apple and Android devices. To create a JB HiFi NOW Books account customers must have an Australian mobile phone number.

    ‘Books are a natural extension of the home entertainment content offering in which our regular customers are already heavily engaged,’ said the spokesperson. ‘The JB HiFi online and digital ecosystems are a perfect environment for us to engage our customers with the rapidly growing ebook category, linking in with our extensive IT hardware offer and popular gift card program.’

    JB HiFi already sells a range of ereaders, including Kobo devices, online and in its stores. The spokesperson said that selling print books is ‘not something [JB HiFi] is considering at this stage’.

  9. I recently read that schools in England are supplying all students with e-readers just as they have done with laptops. Does this mean the end of bricks and mortar libraries eventually?

    1. Perhaps it does. Libraries, as we know them, may become museums but not in my lifetime, I hope. However, I'm all for anything which may foster reading. If the students use electronic toys, they may get hooked on books. Also they will have no need to lug around those heavy schoolbags!

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    1. I agree Jaywalker, having recently been the victim of an email hacker myself; a tiresome and very annoying experience!

  12. Interesting article here. (My feelings exactly).